Building History

This Historic Building was constructed in 1913 by Frederic Samuel Wenger. He poured each block of this home by hand. His wife was Pearl Lettie Mackey. They had three children.

In order to pay for this home, Frederic also built the two homes on the East side of Jackson St. If you look out the window you will see that the stones are the same type used in the construction of both homes.

Can you imagine pouring each stone by hand?

He did! Mr. Wenger died in his mid-thirties leaving his widow Pearl with three children to raise by herself.

Guess how she supported her children?

She turned the home into a "Tourist House" better known as a "Guest House" which was basically the same as a Bed & Breakfast.

My Husband & I weren't aware of any of this until a few months ago when Dorothy Marie Wenger visited us. She is the daughter of Mr. Wenger. She lived in this house until she was 28 yrs. old. She told us that many times she & her brothers would have to sleep on the porch or on a cot in the dining room so that guests could sleep in their rooms. She also stated that they all shared one bathroom upstairs & the house was heated by a coal furnace.
The entire porch was screened in. The home continued to be a guest house until Pearl was placed in a nursing home.

Dorothy said the "Mary Jane" (a trolley car) ran from Lakeside to Toledo right down Fourth St. in front of this home. She said that she used to ride to Toledo all of the time. Tickets for the "Mary Jane" were sold across the street from Immaculate Conception Church.

My Husband & I moved here in November of 2003 and started turning the home into a Bed & Breakfast. My husband's family is originally from Pennsylvania and I am from Tacoma, Washington.